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Cornbury Festival leaves Cornbury

Hugh Phillimore, organiser of the Cornbury Festival, has announced that the festival will be moving away from the Cornbury Park which gives it its name. He writes:

"For reasons too boring to go into we're excited to tell you that our beloved little Cornbury Festival is moving to a new site about 10 minutes down the road. After 7 lovely years at Cornbury Park the time has come for us to head to pastures new. Our new site is more beautiful, deeper in the countryside and we think an even better place to produce Cornbury.

"There may be other reasons connected to resisting a corporate takeover but obviously we couldn't possibly comment - suffice to say we've worked long and hard for 8 years to create what we think is a truly unique event and I'm afraid we're mad enough to want to protect its independence. As usual we're planning to go on sale with an earlybird ticket offer in December when we'll be revealing our new location."

Thu 30 Sep 2010, 10:16 · Link

New online map shows local rights of way and walks

A new online map to help people get out and explore the countryside has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council.

The interactive service shows public rights of way, open access land and some of the best walks and rides throughout Oxfordshire.

An ‘Activity’ option allows users to access only information which suits them - for example, displaying paths specifically for walking, cycling or horseriding.

Searches can be made by parish or postcode to centre the map on specific locations, and distances can be measured to help choose appropriate routes. Users can also report any problems with paths they encounter when out and about.

Wed 29 Sep 2010, 11:21 · Link

Do you have a passion for jogging? GO Active need Jog leaders for local jogging groups!

GO Active is looking for motivated individuals to lead local jogging groups for adults of all fitness levels.

No qualifications are required, just enthusiasm, motivation and a like for socialising.

Jogging is a great way to keep fit. It is free to do and easy to fit around your lifestyle. All the training and support you will need will be provided by GO Active in collaboration with West Oxfordshire District Council. What is more, you will gain a qualification in jogging and fitness and comprehensive insurance to lead jog groups is included.

For more information on how to become a jog leader call Claire Goodenough on 07813012722 or email

Sun 26 Sep 2010, 08:35 · Link

Lady Rotherwick puts her hand on her heart for the BHF ~New BHF event in Charlbury, Oxfordshire~

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a new charity run, the Cornbury Deerstalker, through Cornbury Estate Deer Park and Wychwood Forest on Sunday 21st November. Lady Rotherwick, a keen runner and owner of the Estate and forest, is generously hosting the event in her heavily protected land.
Lady Rotherwick said; “Running in the estate is breathtakingly beautiful. The forest is private, ancient, untouched and has a mystical quality about it. It’s a run few people will forget.”
She added; “I like to help good causes as often as I can, it is a pleasure to know that I can do something for others – and The British Heart Foundation is a very worthwhile cause.”
The event takes place on Sunday 21st November and joggers can choose to run five or ten miles to tailor make their personal challenge. The route will take participants through the beautiful Cornbury Estate Deer Park before venturing into the stunning Wychwood forest on twisting trails.
The route is entirely off-road and traffic free so participants can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife – and perhaps even spot some of the famous deer. Joggers are encouraged to bring along traditional deerstalker hats in order to stay warm and keep with the theme of the event.
Sarah Kirkpatrick, Events Organiser for the BHF, says: “Events like the Cornbury Deerstalker Jog raise vital funds that help the BHF continue its life-saving and life-changing work – as well as boosting the fitness levels and heart health of those who enter.
Sarah added: “These grounds are usually closed to the public so it really will be a rare treat for everybody involved.”
Every six minutes someone dies of a heart attack in the UK, and the BHF is fighting to reduce this statistic. Whether you are a group of friends looking for a fun day out or a running enthusiast looking for your next challenge, the BHF Cornbury Deerstalker Jog is a great opportunity to have fun, get fit and save lives.

To enter the Cornbury Deerstalker Run, please visit or call 0800 169 3672. Registration is just £12 for adults and £5 for children. Children must be 12 years or over and accompanied by an adult.
Twitter users should tag any tweets to do with the event with #BHFwest
For media enquiries, including images and radio requests, please contact Felicity Harris on 020 7554 0187 or email
For event enquiries, please contact Sarah Kirkpatrick on 07850 016 858 or email for further information.
Notes to editors
• The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity, dedicated to saving lives through pioneering research, patient care, campaigning for change and by providing vital information. But we urgently need help. We rely on donations of time and money to continue our life-saving work. Because together we can beat heart disease.
• For more information on the BHF, visit

Felicity Harris

Digital Media Officer; Press and PR
British Heart Foundation
Tel: 020 7554 0187
Twitter: @flickity82; #BHFwest

Fri 24 Sep 2010, 16:55 · Link

Charlbury resident writes her memoir

Diana Baskervyle-Glegg was born in Cardiff in 1931 and brought up in a middle-class household which, true to its time, employed a cook and a nanny. In a newly published memoir, she describes her upbringing and adult life in a dramatically changing period that ever fewer people now remember with such clarity.

"I have not grown old gracefully," she writes, "but have had to be carried kicking and screaming into my seventh decade."

Diana now lives in Nine Acres Lane and her memoir is available price £9.99 from Evenlode Books in Market Street.

Fri 24 Sep 2010, 15:25 · Link

Street Fair 5k and 10k results

Here are the results for this year's Street Fair run. Congratulations to all who took part. 5k results and 10k results. Thanks to Lars and Steph Larsen, and Matthew Greenfield, for the results.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 19 Sep 2010, 18:37 · Link

New wheelie bins arrive in the next few weeks

Charlbury's new wheelie bins are expected to arrive from next week.

According to West Oxfordshire District Council: "Next week residents will start to receive new wheelie bins for their rubbish collections in preparation for the District’s improved waste and recycling service starting later this year.

"Sending waste to landfill sites is costly and this cost is rising each year. Not only do council tax payers need to foot the bill for disposal costs and tax on every tonne of waste that ends up in the landfill site, but exceeding set landfill allowances will incur penalties. Currently we are recycling around 34% of waste in West Oxfordshire, under the new service with the inclusion of both garden and kitchen waste recycling, this rate can be doubled and it will reduce landfill costs significantly.

"The new light grey bins will be delivered between 20 September and 8 October 2010 in advance of the new service being introduced by West Oxfordshire District Council in late November. Residents can use their new light grey wheelie bins straightaway for household waste that cannot be recycled. Their old black wheelie bin will become their garden waste bin ready for the new free, fortnightly garden waste collections starting in November, if they have signed up for this service.

"If they haven’t yet signed up for garden waste collections, there is still time to do so, or if they do not want this service they can contact us and we will collect their old wheelie bins for re-use elsewhere."

The new service will comprise:

  • New weekly food waste recycling collections
  • Continuation of weekly 'black box' recycling collections
  • Fortnightly free garden waste collections alternating with fortnightly household rubbish collections

Anyone who has not received their new household rubbish bin by 8 October is asked to contact the Council online at or by calling 01993 861025. The same address/phone number should be used for signing up for the garden waste scheme. Food waste containers will be delivered at the beginning of November. All householders will receive an information pack and calendar, detailing their collection days, before the service starts.

Household rubbish will continue to be picked up weekly until the new waste and recycling service begins week commencing 22 November.

We asked WODC what the situation would be for Charlbury residents, particularly in the town centre, who don't have anywhere to store a wheelie bin and therefore still use black sacks. Carys Davies from the press office replied:

"The Council has written to all black sack users. Those without access (front, back or side) to store a bin will continue with black sack collections. At the moment our contractor is only able to collect garden waste from wheelie bins, but if this situation changes we will be writing to those on black sacks.

"However, some properties have been using black sacks because the waste collection lorries have been too big to gain access to the property. Our new contractor has more suitable vehicles to collect from difficult to reach properties and so we have reassessed these properties and written to these people to inform them that they will now have a wheelie bin."

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 16 Sep 2010, 16:17 · Link

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting - Monday 20 September

Following a successful meeting on June 22, which led to seven new Neighbourhood Watch groups being created in the town, a new meeting will be held on Monday 20 September 2010
at 7.30pm in the Corner House, Charbury, to review and extend the current coverage, and discuss the appointment of a town coordinator to further strengthen and support the network. A Trading Standards representative will also talk about their work. All welcome.

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Wed 15 Sep 2010, 12:10 · Link

Student Grants

If you are under 25, live in Charlbury and have a guaranteed place for a University, College, vocational course or apprenticeship you may apply to The Charlbury Exhibition Foundation for a grant. Write to CEF C/O Mrs Katherine Gerrish 62 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury OX7 3TW by 1st October giving age, schools attended, details of course, University/College etc. Those attending short training courses sponsored by Charlbury Youth Organisations may also apply

Mon 13 Sep 2010, 00:18 · Link

Therapeutic yoga for the Older Adult

This is a new gentle yoga group run by an occupational therapist to help the older adult eleviate ailments such as arthritis/stiffness in the joints, high blood pressure, low energy levels, digestive disorders and back pain. STARTS Thursday 16th September in Larkum Kendall room of Corner House, at 11.15am -12.30pm . Contact

Thu 9 Sep 2010, 16:32 · Link

Fish and chips every Friday

Charlbury now has a fish and chip van at the Spendlove Centre. The van will visit every Friday from around 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Proprietors Sarah and Bob have just invested in a brand new catering wagon and hope to visit nearby villages on other nights.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 Sep 2010, 20:59 · Link

Grace Fredericks

We are sorry to report the passing last week of Grace Fredericks, Charlbury's oldest resident, at the age of 102. Grace was a well-known figure around Charlbury and celebrated her 100th birthday just a few years ago with a very well-attended party.

In a letter to the Charlbury Chronicle in 2003, she described herself as "a woman who has lived through nearly the whole of the last century and has seen many changes come about". She had attended Oxford in the 1920s and would often cycle to visit her sisters Julie and Daphne at Cambridge - a tale told in the recently published book Bluestockings (from which this picture is taken). She will be sadly missed.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 Sep 2010, 08:13 · Link

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